HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Volunteers in Huntsville are fast-tracking an idea to build tiny homes for local homeless people.
The group plans to be at the Huntsville City Council meeting Thursday night to discuss the project.
But one man vehemently opposed to the project plans to be there, too.
Clete Wetli is the Executive Director for First Stop Day Center for the homeless and believes building these homes could create a dangerous environment.
Wetli points to new tables at the center for the homeless as construction projects that make him proud, and help homeless people. That's because homeless people built the tables and painted them for the center.
"Homelessness is a people problem, not a problem about lack of roofs," said Wetli. "It's about helping people become empowered and transitioning their lives."
Wetli is critical of a project to build 30 tiny homes to be given to homeless people.
"A lot of the homeless population are not capable of living without case management," said Wetli. "They don't have transportation, they don't have jobs, so are we going to warehouse people into basically a project?"
Wetli says those behind the project overlooked many issues, including building and zoning codes.
"We just think there's a lot of questions that need to be addressed. Questions of security, questions of insurance and liability," he explained.
The volunteers building the tiny homes say they would not have heat or running water. Wetli favors a more self-sustaining project.
"A factory where there's case managers, substance abuse counselors, people like that on site working with them, have them build furniture, new products," he said. "Now, all of a sudden, wow, you've created 200 jobs and you hired people that no one else will."
Wetli plans to be at the council meeting to hear the discussion.
Those behind the tiny homes project plan to have a demo home parked outside Huntsville City Hall.